On the day Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley returned to practice following his Week 3 concussion he said the hit that knocked him out was not a dirty play. In fact Finley said he did not think his concussion was even caused by Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka. "The hit got my neck" Finley said Wednesday. "I think the ground caused the concussion. I've been hit like that 1000 times and got up fine." Iloka wasn't penalized for the hit but was fined $15000 for what the NFL said was "unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area." That fine came as a surprise to Finley. "I thought it was a great hit" he said. "I didn't think it was dirty at all. That's my opinion. If I was the safety I'd do the same thing. It's a part of the game." Finley likely would not have been able to play last week had the Packers had a game but they were on their bye week. Finley said he passed all of his concussion tests Tuesday afternoon. He was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice and expects to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. "It took several days" Finley said. "I took my bye week rested up a little came back in Monday and did several tests went to the hospital and did a couple tests. "It's a long haul. You have to do several things to get back and you have to respect the league for doing it. It's much respect from me."
Jermichael Finley cleared to play
ESPN | Oct 3